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The poems in this collection contain the poet's reminiscences of his childhood, and regret the loss of its innocence with passage of time. They are about love, its complications, pains and joys.
Published (first published January 1st 2012)
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Abhilash Bala
Dec 26, 2012 Abhilash Bala rated it really liked it
I read the English translation of Quiver translated by David Matthews.
My fav quote is:
"She does not even know that I exist,as if
She is a sundial; I, a moment of the night."
Aug 22, 2014 Samir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Hindi by Javed Akhtar:

"Geen Geen ke sikkey haath Mera khurdura huaa,
Jaati rahi lams ki narmi - buraa huaa"

English Translation by David Matthews:

"From counting coins my hands grew gnarled - and that was sad.
I lost the softness of my touch - and that was bad."

The book starts with a noteworthy self introduction by Javed Akhtar which gives a glimpse in his struggling days and the way his personal life has shaped.

The poems come in original Devnagri script followed by English translation by David M
Rakesh Sirigiri
Dec 10, 2016 Rakesh Sirigiri rated it it was amazing
Depth of thoughts is surely to fill your hearts ! What i liked the most are the collection of poems from javed akhtar that invokes the realism and romanticism of his personal incidents mainly towards his struggling days , the fancy thoughts imbibed the gospel of modernism towards time and space and many more. I would recommend to read


In hindi

Jeevan jeevan hum ne jag mein khel yahi hote dekha,
Dheere dheere jeeti duniya, dheere dheere haare log,
Neki ek din kaam aayegi, hum ko kya samjhaat
Mar 31, 2008 aarjav rated it it was amazing
All the poems in this book are online at

Very interesting especially because Akhtar Sa'ab's poems go very much against the 'Indian' grain and expound ideas of individualism I haven't seen expressed by any other poets from the subcontinent (as in Doraha -

The sheer diversity of topics he tackles (and well) is also impressive. The fact that Javed Akhtar is a descendant of Ghalib was also a discovery for me.

Jan 28, 2016 Hrishikesh rated it really liked it
Pure elegance. Javed sahab is one of the timeless greats, no questions asked. The translator has done a fantastic job, and very little has been lost in between. The most useful thing about this collection is the English translation provided alongside -vital for illiterates such as myself who can't read without crutches. Javed Sahab belongs to that category of greats - Manto, Camus, Ruskin Bond - who depend primarily on the content and ideas, rather than delivery. Thoroughly impressive work.
Jan 16, 2015 Stutie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: poetry
I love that this book has got both versions of the poem, in English and the Spanish translation next to it.
Jul 26, 2012 Moinak rated it really liked it
The name of the writer is enough in this case...
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